COVID19 Q and A

COVID19 Q and A

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COVID19 Q and A

FAQs about COVID-19

Can I travel to Lord Howe Island?

Parts of regional NSW currently deemed low risk and which have seen zero COVID cases for at least 14 days will emerge from lockdown at 12:01am Saturday 11 September, but will continue to operate under restrictions to ensure the safety of regional communities.

Lord Howe Island is part of the regional NSW sector, which is open for visitors from other areas that are no longer in lockdown within NSW. Therefore, LHI can accept visitors from these areas.

Are there any known cases of COVID-19 on Lord Howe Island? 

There are currently no known active cases of COVID-19 on the island. Let’s keep Lord Howe Island COVID-free, so we can all continue to enjoy the island paradise together.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19? 

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other colds and flus and include:

  • fever
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • fatigue
  • shortness of breath/difficulty breathing.

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms before you travel or while on the island, please seek medical advice and Coronavirus testing.

What should I do if I’m on Lord Howe Island and feeling unwell?

If you feel unwell with flu-like symptoms while on island, please contact the Gower Wilson Memorial Hospital on +2 6563 2000 to arrange a COVID-19 test. 

What is Lord Howe Island doing to encourage social distancing?

With a small resident population, capped visitor numbers, and plenty of sunshine and sea air, Lord Howe is tailor-made for social distancing and wellbeing. Restaurants and tour operators are limiting numbers to ensure social distancing requirements are met. Book restaurants and tours in advance to guarantee your place.

Masks on Lord Howe Island

Masks will remain mandatory for all indoor public venues, including public transport, front-of-house hospitality, retail, and business premises, on planes and at airports.
Only hospitality staff will be required to wear a mask when outdoors.
Children aged under 12 will not need to wear a mask indoors.

Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms:

  • Hospitality venues can reopen subject to one person per 4sqm inside and one person per 2sqm outside, with standing while drinking permitted outside.
  • Retail stores can reopen under the one person per 4sqm rule (unvaccinated people will continue to only be able to access critical retail).
  • Personal services such as hairdressers and nail salons can open with one person per 4sqm, capped at five clients per premises.
  • Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can open under the one person per 4sqm rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people.
  • Sporting facilities including swimming pools can reopen.

What precautions are taken on the flights?

Qantaslink is dedicated to ensuring the health and wellbeing of passengers and staff, and has implemented temporary safety measures for check-in, catering and onboard services. See more information here: https://www.qantas.com/au/en/travel-info/travel-updates/coronavirus.html

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